Welcome to Week 3 DFS. In these weekly articles, I’m going to look at three players with similar salaries on DraftKings and pick the player I think you should add to your fantasy football lineup for the Sunday main slate.
Last week, I chose between Terry McLaurin, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Jaylen Waddle. I settled on St. Brown, who went off for 42.4 points in the Lions’ win over the Commanders. Despite the wild output, he actually was outscored by Jaylen Waddle who scored 43.1 points as the Dolphins shocked the Ravens, though Terry McLaurin would have been a bust for you, seeing just 4 receptions and scoring just 12.2 points.
Onto Week 3 and this week we’re looking at three top-priced running backs, all who have put up RB1 fantasy points through the first two weeks of the season.
Joe Mixon @ New York Jets ($7,600)
You have to love the match up for Mixon this week against a Jets defense that allowed 184 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns last week to the Browns. Mixon has 46 rushing attempts (T-6th) and 10 receptions (T-4th among RBs) and so has the most touches of any running back through the first two weeks. I love this volume translating into some serious fantasy points against the 25th rated run defense and overall 24th rated defense per NEFF rankings.
Aaron Jones @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($7,400)
Jones was electric against the Bears on SNF last week, putting up 35 points thanks to 170 total yards and 2 touchdowns. The Buccaneers present a tough test this week as they are currently rated as our No. 2 overall defense and 8th against the run. The Bucs only allowed three 20 point scores from running backs last season, and none so far over the first two weeks and I feel this is a week to leave Jones out of your lineups as it feels like a low scoring game.
D’Andre Swift @ Minnesota Vikings ($7,200)
After a strong Week 1 performance where Swift put up 26.5 points against the Eagles, he saw just 10 total touches in Week 2 after spending the build up practicing in a limited fashion. Swift has been on the injury report again this week, though practiced a day earlier than last week so should be healthier heading into Week 3. It’s a great matchup for Swift as the Vikings team who currently rank last against the run per NEFF rankings. However if Swift is limited in any way again, the Lions have one of the more capable backups in Jamaal Williams and therefore we could see Swift’s fantasy impact reduced for the second straight week.
My Pick: Joe Mixon
With Jones’ tough matchup and Swift’s potentially limiting ankle injury, Joe Mixon is the player for me this week as the Bengals look to get their season started with their first victory.